Reviving Motherhood

Learning on the Journey


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Healthful Homemade “Ice Cream”

This raw vegan “ice cream” has got to be the best kept secret of the vegan world. It makes my carnivorous husband nervous when I use the term vegan (“vegans are weird”), so I’ll clarify that I’m not vegan or even vegetarian, but I do have a child with dairy and sugar sensitivities, so recipes like this one are a boon. Everyone in my family loves animal products of all kinds, but they also love this creamy, good-for-you treat. I have to credit my sis who first told me about it.

So you’re wondering how to make it, right? (BTW, the picture really does not do it justice. It was snapped in haste.)

Peel and freeze a bunch of very ripe bananas. I freeze them on a cookie sheet so they don’t stick together and then tranfer them to a ziploc bag.

When you’re ready to make the “ice cream,” chunk a couple frozen bananas up and blend in the blender with a little water or rice milk or whatever liquid you have on hand. Just pulse it slowly till it’s nice and creamy, and I promise you, it will have the exact consistency of soft serve ice cream. You can eat it plain…Add a little vanilla…a glob of nut butter…a few frozen strawberries (as pictured)…a spoonful of carob powder…Lots of possibilities. Soooo yummy.

I was amazed at how good it was. You don’t have to be a health food nut to enjoy this.


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Our Role

“Someone must see the family as worth fighting for, worth calling a career, worth the hard work of training a child in godliness, worth the relentless tasks involved in running a home…This ‘someone’ is the wife, the mother, and the homemaker and that, as such, she must embrace a life of being the giver. That’s our role as mothers.” ~Elizabeth George


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Beginning

Years ago, mothers felt confident about how to raise their children because of information shared among women and passed down through generations. Over time, as culture has changed, we’ve lost a lot of that knowledge. I have so many questions about how to raise my kids. Young mothers I talk to everywhere feel the same way. We love our job, but it sometimes feels thankless, and it’s often so hard to know what to do, how to bring up these little ones we’ve been given.

I believe that those of us who seek answers are part of a revival of motherhood—a revival both to recapture a vision of the power and importance of our role, and also to regain practical tools of effective mothering, knowledge that used to be taken for granted. As I discover how to be a better mom from God’s Word, wise and godly older mothers, and trial and error, my heart’s desire is to share what I learn in hopes that it might help or encourage someone else.

My greatest fear is that I’ll come across as arrogant or condescending or as though I think I know all there is to know about mothering. I’ll say right up front, I don’t. One time I thought I did. However, as I have children (four now), I realize more and more how little I know and how much I must rely on Jesus to be a good mom. I’m just learning in the trenches. What I know, insights I gain along the way, don’t come from me. I learn, little by little, from God’s Word, which He’s given in part to help me become more like Christ in every way, including my mothering.

Titus 2:3-4 says, “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” I love to talk to mothers (and fathers) who have successfully raised godly children. I glean great insight from their knowledge and experience. One day I hope I’ll be that wise older woman. In the meantime, I’ll just pass on wisdom gained from these Titus 2 ladies! Will you join me on my journey?